Steele’s First Presser

One of the main selling points among Michael Steele’s supporters was his ability to effectively communicate, and his first press conference since being elected chairman went smoothly.

“This is a new moment for our party,” he said, noting that Republicans didn’t live up to the Contract With America. “This is a dawn of a new party, moving in a new direction, with strength of conviction.”

Asked whether he would come to the defense of Rush Limbaugh, Steele said Limbaugh has a right to say what he wants, and that, “Rush can handle himself and he seems to be doing a good job of it right now.”

And to grassroots conservatives, he had a message: “Get ready to work.”